Isle of Dogs - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Isle of Dogs Reviews

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May 16, 2019
Few movies can be noted for bringing emotion out of me as much as Isle of Dogs. Its messages reflect a modern world without the messiness of obvious political dialogue. Its art and animation, its design and musical choices, all bring together a piece of art in motion.
May 14, 2019
This was one of the most boring movies. Very choppy and the story was not engaging. I turned it off after 40 minutes.
May 12, 2019
Love Wes Anderson's work. Absolutely marvellous!
April 27, 2019
That was one awesome movie. Not just for kids or families, great for grown ups too. If you love dogs, you're gonna love this movie. Hilarious, endearing, I laughed out loud and she'd tears of joy thinking about man's best friend. The subtleties of real eye movement gave so much personality to the characters and the music was great.
April 24, 2019
April 23, 2019
Storyline and animation of this movie are both incredible, however some scenes seemed to be dragged out and therefore could be dull.
April 21, 2019
In this stop motion animation feature, Wes Anderson tells a Japanese story of a boy on a quest to find his dog. Set in the near future where the Japanese government has banned all dogs and sent them to an offshore island, the story revolves around a pack of dogs who have teamed up to survive by scavenging anything they can to feed themselves. One day, however, a small plane crash lands onto the island where a small boy is then recovered from the wreckage by the pack of dogs. The dogs adopt him as one of their pack and together they embark on a journey to look for the boy's dog, Spots. Along the way, the group uncovers a conspiracy revolving around the government and their secret agenda behind this Isle of Dogs.
Told in classic Wes Anderson style with centralized and symmetric camera focus, the film is entertaining throughout. Anyone who loves dogs will certainly enjoy this flick and appreciate its ending as well. The music does a good job of adding tension where it's required and the fact that it's repetitive only adds fuel to the climax of the climax. Well done, Wes Anderson.
April 14, 2019
Superb film. The Isle of Dogs spoke to me as a metaphor for the human condition. The animation is exceptonal and engaged me immediately. Based in Japan, the dogs, following a manipulative, dishonest campaign by an unsavory human leader, were deported to Trash Island/Isle of Dogs to perish. Lead characters include Brian Cranston as Chief, an accidental stray of unfortunate repute, and Harvey Kietel. Scarlett Johanson is memorable as Nutmeg, a former show dog.
This pack, even imperiled on Trash Island, showed the loyalty, determination and intuition we take for granted but n dogs. The humans were divided between those who sought justice for the dogs and the compliant public that quickly bought into propoganda about the dogs' health as a threat to the entire city. The range and depth of emotions felt by the dogs is framed by their remarkable vision and limitations - as dogs.
Who doesn't believe in masters?
"Isle of Dogs" can be viewed as a ""dog story", but it is so much more.
Super Reviewer
April 8, 2019
Incredibly disappointing, Isle of Dogs is a bizarre mess of a film from writer/director Wes Anderson. When a strange disease infects the dog population Megasaki City expels them to Trash Island, leading the mayor's 12-year old ward Atari Kobayashi to go there in search of his beloved dog. Featuring the voice talents of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, and Scarlett Johansson, the cast is quite impressive (as are those of most Anderson films). But the story is really dumb, and told poorly. For some reason the film is set in a weird dystopic Japan, and there's no subtitles for the Japanese dialog. Also, the stop-motion animation doesn't seem to add anything to the film (other than to heighten its strangeness). However, Anderson's trademark comedy comes through and delivers some good laughs. While Isle of Dogs doesn't work, it's an interesting failure.
April 6, 2019
A good story with amazing visuals. Some parts drag on a bit too long.
½ April 4, 2019
I'm a bit disappointed that this is Wes Anderson. The editing is a bit choppy, there's nothing special in the story, but points for the distinctive personalities of each characters.
March 31, 2019
I went into this movie thinking it was going to be a weird movie, and a terrible one at that. I usually don't like clay animated movies, but this was a first. A visually stunning film, and definitely one that I would recommend.
½ March 25, 2019
Slightly off-beat entertainment and funny throughout.
½ March 21, 2019
Anderson's unique style finds its way to his animated movies and like Fantastic Mr. Fox this new stop-motion animated tale is unusual. It doesn't appeal to children as it's too complicated but there are elements of charm and humor that everyone can find amusing. Isle of Dogs was not to my taste and I didn't find it enjoyable but rather dull.
Super Reviewer
March 21, 2019
Combine the quirky, vivacious humor of Wes Anderson with the gullible and fluid stop-motion animation and you've got a surprisingly heartfelt, ambitious and charming film and not to mention the canine frenzy that Isle of Dogs has to offer. 4.25/5
½ March 19, 2019
Stop-animation was an art form invented only so that Wes Anderson could manipulate it. End of review.
½ March 18, 2019
How the movie was animated was amazing and incredible and especially for stop motion just like Kubo and the Two String which was also stop motion.
March 18, 2019
Wes Anderson sigue siendo uno de los cineastas más brillantes. La película Isle of dogs es sensacional en todo sentido. Para verla varias veces.
March 17, 2019
Isle of Dogs has captivating animation and a remarkable achievement in terms of visual. Hard work was finally delivered through frame by frame. All the voice actors in this film seem to have their own fairy tales. Its impression comes alive thanks to strong dog characters. In this modern era, this kind of animation is what we need. Aside from a slightly lame story, Wes Anderson managed to make his own fantasy world in its own concept.
March 16, 2019
The beautiful stop-motion style of animation gives Wes Anderson the chance to enhance his already unique style of storytelling. Isle of Dogs is another charming and quirky addition to his winning streak of well made films. The monotone and subtle performances of the all-star cast enhance the comedy and emotion and never slow the film down. The story is small and unique, with the right amount of social commentary that grounds the film and adds another layer to the connection with the characters. The animation is stunning, with the minor details brought into focus. Where the individual movements of the dog's hairs show how much pride and effort went into making even the shortest of scenes. Wes Anderson has mastered and continuously improves crafting stories that balance comedy and serious drama. While the film does offer the most enjoyment in the way of comedy, there are plenty of quiet moments that provide compelling emotion through the simple story of a boy trying to find his lost dog. There is very little to this film that is not enjoyable. It is hilariously simple and fun in the right ways, and compellingly complex and serious in the right ways. Wes Anderson gives a perfect example of how less is more, and Isle of Dogs is proof. Overall, a well-made, well-written, and pleasant film experience.
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